Women's Justice

Mission Statement

The Women's Justice Committee improves the lives of women and girls who face barriers, particularly in the areas of education and access to quality health care through legislative advocacy and partnership with local organizations.

Committee Goals

  • Track state and federal legislation that affects women and hold our representatives accountable

  • Support organizations that promote the health and advancement of women and girls, particularly in the underserved community

  • Educate Huddle members about current women's issues

  • Inform Huddle members about opportunities to protect women's rights through event participation, policy advocacy, and in-kind financial donations.

Meeting Logistics

All Huddle members are welcome:

Fourth Wednesday of each month

7:30 - 9 PM

Meeting Location

Meeting Minutes

No meeting in November or December


Committee Activities

Ask Governor Newsom to sign AB 218 Damages: Childhood Sexual Assault by October 13

Governor signed it

Ask Representative Swalwell to support H.R. 2694 Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and sign on as co-sponsor.

Swalwell sponsored it

Track CA Assembly Bill AB31 that would remove state taxes from sanitary products ("tampon tax") and determine what we can do to support the bill.

Bill is currently inactive but Governor suspended the tax for two years.

Present a program about the language of gender identity to Huddle members and lead a discussion.

Research and track 2020 Candidates' positions on women's reproductive rights.

Identify and schedule potential Women's Justice speakers for Huddle meetings

Speakers scheduled for June, July, August, and October meetings

Track and support Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) in stopping the Administration's gag rule that will prevent doctors from providing abortion information to Title X patients

Sign the people's brief.

Litigation is ongoing.

Ask Representative Swalwell to co-sponsor the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2109, HR1585, which expired during the government shutdown.

Swalwell co-sponsored the bill. Our calls worked.

Support ACCESS Women's Health Justice by participating in their Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser on April 27.

Huddle raised $383 + diapers. 

Sponsor a scholarship for an under-privileged girl to attend STEM camp at Chabot Space and Science Center. One scholarship is $450.

Huddle raised $450 for an Oakland 4th grader 

Individual action

Ask Representative Swalwell to support H.R. 3296 Affordability is Access Act and sign on as co-sponsor.

Individual action

2020 Candidate Positions on Reproductive Rights

Quick Summary of Candidate Positions
  • Best stance on reproductive rights: Harris, Booker

  • Has an abortion policy plan: Harris, Booker,Warren, Sanders, Biden, Castro, Buttigieg, 

  • Has unsupportive past but now supports abortion for all: Biden, Gabbard

  • Supports repeal of Hyde Amendment* and turning Roe v. Wade* into law: All candidates

  • Most candidates specifically state that they will pick court nominees who support abortion and will overturn Title IX and global gag rules*, though some have not stated support for these stances.

  • Every candidate supports abortion, but few have stated their position on restrictions for second or third term abortion, which is more controversial with voters.

*Definitions of terms

NARAL's advice for evaluating candidates:

Look to the candidate with the most specific plans for protecting reproductive rights.

Generally, the more detailed the plan, the more invested the candidate is in the issue.


Details of candidate positions